Glasgow Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu has opened up about life under former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard at ‘Ibrox’.
Zungu joined the Scottish giants on loan from French Ligue 2 side Amiens on transfer deadline day in October 2020.
Although the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder has made eight league appearances for Rangers, he is yet to get his first league start. Zungu has only started in the Uefa Europa League and domestic League Cup so far this season.
Gerrard’s side currently sits top of the log standings with 62 points from 22 games.
The log leaders are also yet to lose a game in the league as they continue to march on to their first Scottish Premiership title in years.
Speaking to Daily Report, the 28-year-old spoke about life under his childhood idol who he believes has a big personality and is very demanding.
“We call him the gaffer. He’s very demanding. When you look at the kind of player he was, he had everything and had a big personality and he’s still like this. I followed him as a youngster and when I signed, he said he saw something in me that was like him. That was very humbling,” said Zungu.
“He’s a very demanding coach who takes every game seriously and pays a lot of attention to detail. He likes players who are humble – you need to be a gentleman. Off the pitch, we must mind what we say to the media, mind what we post (on social media), he’s very strict and knows everything.
“I’ve been there a few months now and I’ve learned so much from him. As a midfielder, we do have one-on-one discussions and I ask him about movement.
“There are coaches that when they enter the dressing room, you feel their presence and that’s him,” he continued.
When the coach arrived at ‘Ibrox’, Rangers did not have enough quality to take the club back to the top of Scottish football, but this season after the board gave the Englishman freedom to do his own scouting and recruitment, glory days are returning.
Zungu feels the way the coach carries himself has had a big impact on the way things are going.
“He’s a very good person and extremely professional so I am very happy to have the opportunity to work with him. He believes in high standards and we all listen to him and take instructions. I think the fact that he is Steven Gerrard and one of the greatest midfielders in the world during his career helps. Everyone listens to him.
“Our record is down to him. It goes back to him and his high standards. This is how he coaches. You can tell this guy has been successful. Things like nutrition, he’s very strict about it. He’s just very professional.” he concluded.
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